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The National Recording Preservation Board inducts tracks by R.E.M., Loretta Lynn, and Tupac Shakur. What songs would you preserve for posterity?

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Image Credit: Ben Desoto/Retna Ltd; Ron Galella/WireImage.comThe Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board announced today its annual list of music that the organization deems important enough to preserve. As always, the line-up is eclectic and includes tracks by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (“Canal Street Blues”), Little Richard (“Tutti Frutti”), Loretta Lynn (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”), R.E.M. (“Radio Free Europe”), Tupac Shakur (“Dear Mama”), and entire albums from The Band (The Band) and Patti Smith (Horses).

It’s not a bad list—though it is a fairly unsurprising one. What do you think of the Board’s choices? And what songs would you like to see inducted (bearing in mind that, according to the Board’s criteria, the music must be “culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States,” and be ten years old)?

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